One of the big oversights of the Millennium Development Goals was that it did not create an expectation that monitoring and data should cover all ages, with the result that statistics for issues such as HIV or violence stop at age 49 and we know practically nothing about older people living with the infection.
In reality no-one is "pro-abortion," but rather we, along with the mainstream populace of the vast majority of the developing world, are "pro the right to abortion." Each woman should be allowed and empowered to make her own decision as to whether she continues her pregnancy - according to her health, her morals, her religion, her resources and all the other circumstances she finds herself in.
We know that there is a gap into which a minimum of 200million women fall because their needs for contraception are unmet. Getting condoms, pills and other supplies onto the ground is one essential part of what needs to be done to deal with this. But it is only one side of the coin. If women are to be able to make use of these then we need to also tackle the flip side of the coin - the gender inequality and unequal power relations between men and women which mean that women and girls often cannot decide when or whether they have sex, including whether contraception is used.
One of the themes of Rio+20 is 'green growth'. The first and most obvious question will be 'Can there be such a thing as green growth?' and for me the answer is an emphatic 'Yes' - as long as there is a paradigm shift in the way that governments, the private sector and consumers think about resources.
If the EU is to successfully implement people-oriented, inclusive and sustainable development cooperation, we must compel it to grasp these opportunities and commit to mainstreaming ageing across its policy and programming. If we don't, the fast-growing numbers of older people world-wide will be further marginalised and the EU's own efforts to eradicate global poverty will be seriously undermined.